Small and medium sized enterprises in 2011: Situations per EU Member State
The Commission annually assesses progress in implementation of the Small Business Act (SBA) at national level. This memo describes the results of the assessment as illustrated by country specific SBA factsheets, composed on the basis of a wide range of success indicators and national policy developments and grouped according to the SBA's ten policy dimensions. These policy dimensions are: (1) Entrepreneurship, (2) Second chance, (3) Think Small First, (4) Responsive Administration, (5) State aid and Public procurement, (6) Access to finance, (7) Single market, (8) Skills and innovations, (9) Environment, and (10) Internationalization. The SBA factsheets cover the 27 EU Member States, as well as Albania, Croatia, FYROM, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
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 Adopted in 2008 and revised in 2011, the SBA aims to create a level playing field for SMEs throughout the EU and improve the administrative and legal environment to allow these enterprises to unleash their full potential to create jobs and growth. The Small Business Act has a strong governance structure, with business organizations and member states governments at the frontline.
 The information concerning the recent policy measures adopted by the member states was compiled by a network of SME experts managed by Ecorys Netherlands and was validated by Government representatives of the member states and the participating countries. The factsheets were prepared by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, in conjunction with the Joint Research Centre.